Have an up close experience with our animal friends
Explore More Life is a one-of-a-kind, hands-on lab environment that enables understanding and appreciation of biodiversity through exploration and experimentation. Biodiversity unites all living things, including our visitors. So prepare to roll up your sleeves for an engaging exploration of real-world life science.
Visit the touch tank to get an up-close look at live aquatic species including sea urchins and horseshoe crabs. Meet new and interesting species, including the albino axolotl and Madagascar hissing cockroach. Keep an eye out for a hairless fancy rat who often perches on the shoulder of our lab staff.
Observe the relationship between organisms and their environment in the aquarium-terrarium system, and determine your own hypothesis on how this ecosystem works. Participate in a dissection or design and conduct your own experiment.
Lab activities are constantly evolving but always include dynamic activities that provide opportunities to explore big ideas through inquiry. Activities are fun for all ages and skill levels.
Ornithology. Discover the world of birds. What adaptations make them unique? Fly in and see what you might encounter.
Meet the Prey: Birds have specialized beaks and talons that allow them to eat different types of prey. Meet one of our resident species that a bird in the wild might eat, while learning about different beak adaptations. Saturdays in May at 11:00 a.m.
Lab programming is supported by partnerships with educational institutions, businesses and individuals.
Enrich your students' education with a field trip to one of the top science museums in the nation. Enjoy hands-on exhibitions, live animal encounters, larger-than-life IMAX® films and engaging classes that meet curriculum needs and bring science to life.
|10:00 a.m.||Flying Monsters||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|10:00 a.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|10:30 a.m.||Starlab Planetarium||The Stage|
|10:30 a.m.||Story Time||Discovery Theatre|
|11:00 a.m.||Wonders of the Arctic||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|11:00 a.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|11:30 a.m.||Starlab Planetarium||The Stage|
|11:30 a.m.||Saurus: A Dino-Mite Spectacular||Discovery Theatre|
|11:30 a.m.||What's Glowing On||Discovery Theatre|
|12:00 p.m.||Flying Monsters||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|12:00 p.m.||Aquarium Guided Tour||World Alive|
|12:30 p.m.||Starlab Planetarium||The Stage|
|1:00 p.m.||Wonders of the Arctic||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|1:45 p.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|2:00 p.m.||Flying Monsters||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|2:00 p.m.||Starlab Planetarium||The Stage|
|2:00 p.m.||Pet Rocks||Explore More Collections|
|2:30 p.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|3:00 p.m.||Starlab Planetarium||The Stage|
|3:00 p.m.||Wonders of the Arctic||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|3:15 p.m.||Aquarium Feeding Tour||World Alive|
|4:00 p.m.||Flying Monsters||IMAX Dome Theatre|
|4:00 p.m.||Nose-to-Nose||Mackay Field Station|
|Oct 21||Behind-the-Scenes Aquarium Tour|
|Jun 01||Pet Rocks|
|Jun 02||Farro Salad|
|Jun 09||Magnetic Field Sun Prints|
|Jun 09||Pigeon Dissections|
|Jun 23||Day in the Life: Brain Day with Atrium Health|
|Jun 28||Make & Mingle: Modern Wood Dog Bed|
|Jul 03||Night at the IMAX: The Living Sea|
|Jul 20||Science on the Rocks: A Night on Mount Olympus|
|Jul 21||A Day in the Life: Simulation Center with Atrium Health|
|Jul 26||Make & Mingle: 3D Printing Workshop|
|Aug 14||Homeschool Day|
|Aug 25||Merit Badge Workshop: Energy|
|Aug 25||Merit Badge Workshop: Engineering|
|Aug 26||Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability|
|Aug 26||Merit Badge Workshop: Chess|
|Sep 19||Senior Science Days: Africa|
|Sep 22||Merit Badge Workshop: Robotics|
|Sep 22||Merit Badge Workshop: Oceanography|
|Sep 23||Merit Badge Workshop: Space Exploration|
|Oct 23||National Geographic Live: Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice|
|Nov 03||Merit Badge Workshop: Programming|
|Nov 03||Merit Badge Workshop: Pulp & Paper|
|Dec 01||Merit Badge Workshop: Electricity|
|Dec 01||Merit Badge Workshop: Chemistry|
|Dec 02||Merit Badge Workshop: Electronics|
|Dec 02||Merit Badge Workshop: Sustainability|
|Jan 09||Senior Science Days: Entomology (BUGS!!)|
|Jan 29||National Geographic Live: View From Above|
|Mar 26||National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats|
|May 29||Senior Science Days: Towers of Past, Present & Future|